Today on Home & Family
Friday, October 3rd, 2014

Dylan Neal
From the Hallmark Channel Original Series "Debbie Macomber's Cedar Cove," actor Dylan Neal tells us how his character Jack has fallen off the wagon. No longer sober, Jack has retreated back to his old habits to cope with the stress of his new job and the appearance of his ex-wife in town. Love interest Olivia is suspicious that something's wrong with his behavior, but hasn't found out quite why yet. He's kept his drinking a secret by living a double life in Seattle. Find out what fans have to say on social media about this storyline.
In real life, Dylan has been happily married for 18 years. He and his wife are excited to be working in tandem with Hallmark Movies & Mysteries on a new movie franchise called "Gourmet Detective." Plus, get the inside scoop on Dylan's role as Anastasia's step-dad in "Fifty Shades of Grey." The season finale of the Hallmark Channel Original Series "Debbie Macomber's Cedar Cove" airs this Saturday at 8/7c on Hallmark Channel.

"Fifty Shades of Grey" his theaters on Valentine's Day 2015.

Follow Dylan on Twitter @dylannealstudio and check him out at

Chef Richard Blais Cooks Ramen Burgers
Celebrity chef, television personality, and author Richard Blais is starting two new trends in the hybrid foods market. He mashes-up ramen noodles and hamburgers to create the ramen burger, which uses the ramen noodles as the bun. Dessert can be twice as nice by combining donuts and ice cream together into a sandwich. Find out how Richard got his start at McDonald's and how he dropped a substantial amount of weight. Also, learn about the line of broths he developed for Fancy Feast cat food.
"Top Chef Boston" premieres October 15 at 10/9c on Bravo.

Follow Richard on Twitter @richardblais.

Jennie Finch
Olympic gold medalist on women's Team USA Softball Jennie Finch tells us how she was inspired by the 1996 Olympic team to follow her dream. Years later, her idols became her teammates and together they won gold in Athens. Jennie explains the honor of representing her country at the Games. The pitch perfect athlete then stands on the mound as Mark and Dylan step up to the plate. Swing batter, batter. Jennie has five types of pitches up her sleeve, so can they make a hit or will they strike out? We'd also like to thank Valerie Aguilar, collegiate all-American catcher at East L.A. College, for helping us out.
Get a copy of Jennie's book "Throw Like a Girl" and please visit Follow Valerie on Twitter @val1555.

DIY Snow Doh with Tanya Memme
Tanya Memme is joined by her darling daughter Ava to make an enchanting snow village with DIY snow doh. With only two ingredients plus magical glitter, keep your kids occupied for hours indoors during a rainy or snow day.
@Tanya_Memme. Also, visit her on Facebook and check out

Josh McDermitt
Actor Josh McDermitt explains why he decided to stray from comedic roles and give drama a shot. Find out how "The Walking Dead" has taken a detour from the comic book series it's based off of. And, Josh elaborates on why he lives in constant fear that his character will get killed off the show. Then, he and Mark compare mullets.
"The Walking Dead" season premiere airs Sunday, October 12 at 9/8c on AMC.

Spanking with Samantha Ettus
Author, speaker, and entrepreneur Samantha Ettus discusses the fine line between discipline and abuse when it comes to spanking a child. She explains that parents tend to repeat the patterns of their childhood when rearing their own kids, but it is possible to break the cycle. Samantha comes from the school of thought that children should be shown unconditional love and shouldn't be fearful of their parents. According to Samantha, science shows that spanking can slow cognitive development and reduce impulse control.
Please visit and follow Samantha on Twitter @samanthaettus.

DIY Halloween Cemetery Fence with Paige Hemmis
Welcome to the "Haunt & Family Cemetery." Using foam and PVC pipe, lifestyle design expert Paige Hemmis gives our graveyard fence and archway entry a faux rust finish. Enter at your own risk!
@paigehemmis and check out her site

Anatomy of an Egg with Dan Kohler
Food explorer and GIFinition app co-creator Dan Kohler will leave you shell shocked. He performs a science experiment that dissolves an egg shell without cracking it open. The protective membrane remains intact, allowing us to study the egg's anatomy. Dan also gives us a look at the GIFinition app he developed that acts as a dictionary for cooking terms. In addition to defining kitchen lingo, it demonstrates cooking techniques with repeating loop animation. for more. The app is available for $2.99 in the iTunes App Store. Win a free "GIFinition: Cook" app by re-Tweeting "Home & Family's" Tweet about GIFinition using the hashtag #GIFINITIONGIVEAWAY. Ten people will be selected at random.

Best Plants for Fall with Shirley Bovshow
Shirley Bovshow highlights the plants she finds most suitable for fall. Give your yard good foliage color and texture in the colder climate. Junipers and crimson fire fringe flower are just two examples of plants that can survive lower temperatures. Learn how easy the maintenance is. They only need to be watered once per week and don't require fertilizer. Shirley suggests using Wilt Proof spray to coat the leaves as protection from wind and cold. Plus, find out what materials are best to use in containers for potting.
Five lucky viewers will win a Crimson Fire Fringe Flower. Go to for all the details.

We'd like to extend a special thank you to and

Check out Shirley Bovshow's garden designing expertise at and follow her on Twitter @EdenMaker.

Ask Cristina
Cristina responds to questions submitted by loyal "Home & Family" viewers. She shares the secret ingredient to her 30-year marriage. Jot down the three essential recipes new chefs must master. And, Cristina advises all busy parents to take time for themselves, but also to cherish bedtime rituals and quality one-on-one time with each child individually.
Click here to get your copy of Cristina's cookbook, "Big Bowl of Love." Get additional recipes from Cristina at

Adopt a Shelter Dog Month
Best Friends Animal Society is teaming up with Hallmark Channel! This kicks off our "Adopt a Shelter Dog Month." Every day for the month of October we'll be having a furry friend here on set that is up for adoption.
Visit our gallery of dogs available for adoption today, courtesy of Best Friends!

To donate, adopt one of our shelter dogs of the day, or for more information on adoptable animals in your local communities, visit or contact Best Friends Animal Society at (818) 643-3989. We also invite you to visit and

To learn more about Hallmark Channel's Pet Project, visit

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